Finding Ways for People with Disabilities
to Participate in Research
is Goal of Nursing School Study

While the public has made accommodations for 54.4 million people with disabilities, many researchers regularly exclude people who cannot read, hear or write from participating in their research projects. But that's about to change.

The Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing (FPB) will develop research tools and strategies to include individuals with vision and hearing impairments in future research. The SMART Center at the nursing school will present its first FIND Lab Workshop from 8 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, Feb. 9, in the Thwing Center ballroom.

Shirley Moore, Edward J. and Louise Mellen Professor of Nursing and director of the National Institutes of Health-funded Center for Self-Management Research (SMART Center) at FPB, is the lead investigator for the two-year, nearly $400,000 National Institute for Nursing Research-funded project, "Full Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities (FIND) in Self-Management Research." Read more.

Volunteers Provide Free Tax Prep
as Community Service


Volunteers at Case Western Reserve University will get a chance to do vitally important community service and get money to families who most need it by taking part in the Weatherhead Tax Assistance Program.

A required first training session for volunteers is Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Room 201 of the Peter B. Lewis Building. Although advance sign-up is appreciated, walk-ins are also welcome. The training session Saturday will include a provided lunch, a reason advance notice is helpful. Volunteers should bring laptop computers with them.

Anyone on campus can volunteer to help with free tax preparation, and often a big benefit is helping low-income families in the Cleveland area who qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit to get funds the federal government makes available to them. Read more.

Campus News

The Office of Student Affairs in the School of Medicine seeks nominations for the 2010 Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Awards, sponsored by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation. The award recognizes the value of humanism in the delivery of care to patients and their families. The foundation wishes to honor one graduating medical student and one faculty member for exemplifying outstanding humanism in medicine, along with scientific excellence, by awarding each with a $1,000 prize. To receive a nomination form, send an e-mail to Celena Howard or Jennifer Hawkins or call 368-2212. Nominations are due Friday, Feb. 5.


The Saturday Tutoring Program, one of the university's community partners, needs tutors. Volunteers provide free tutoring for Greater Cleveland students in grades 1-12. Tutors can volunteer on a flexible basis. Sessions are held from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturdays at Church of the Covenant. Materials, training, supervision and free parking are provided. An orientation will take place from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 23, at the church.

For Faculty and Staff

A workshop on the topic of "Managing Your Time and Energy" will take place from noon to 2 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 2, in the Toepfer Room, Adelbert Hall. Managing time and energy can be challenging when the demands are high and the hours are long. This workshop will demonstrate how learning to manage time and energy effectively improves work-life balance, leads to increased productivity and lowers stress levels. Sponsored by the Employee Education, Training and Development Unit. Register online.

For Students

Alan Ext Focus One Photography will be on campus Wednesday, Feb. 10, and Thursday, Feb. 11, to take senior pictures in Thwing Center's 1914 Lounge. There is no cost to sit for the pictures. Appointments will last approximately five minutes. Sponsored by the Retrospect Yearbook committee. Schedule an appointment online.

Summer 2010 Support of Undergraduate Research and Creative Endeavors (SOURCE) funding applications are due Monday, Feb. 15. Summer Undergraduate Research in Energy Studies (SURES) applications are due Friday, March 5.

Eileen Vizcaino from Church of the Covenant is challenging the student community to raise $1,000 to fund a ShelterBox for Haiti. ShelterBox is an international disaster relief charity that delivers emergency shelter to people affected by disasters. For every student dollar raised by Wednesday, Jan. 27, Vizcaino will personally match it, up to $1,000. If a full $1,000 is raised by Jan. 27, she will match that with another $1,000 of her own money. Checks should be made out to "ShelterBox" and dropped off or sent to the church. Contact Vizcaino or student Ashley McKee by e-mail with questions.



Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Week events for Friday, Jan. 22:

  • The "MLK Convocation" with keynote speaker Donna Brazile will take place from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. at Amasa Stone Chapel. The theme of her talk is "Where Do We Go From Here? Building on the Legacy of Dr. King."
  • The "MLK Week Basketball Games" will feature the Spartans squaring off against Washington University in Horsburgh Gym. Game times are 6 p.m. for the women's team, 8 p.m. for the men's team. The Shaw High School Band will perform. The games are free, but the Case Association of Student-Athletes (CASA) will accept donations to benefit Haiti earthquake relief efforts.
  • A discussion on the topic of "Herstory: Women's Roles in Modern Civil Rights Movements" will begin at 6:30 p.m. in Thwing Center's 1914 Lounge. Sponsored by Case WILA (Women in Liberal Arts).
  • Ongoing events: the "I Have a Dream Display" at Thwing Center and the "Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr." traveling trunk exhibit at KSL.


The China at 60: Myths and Realities series will launch this month. The first talk, "How Fragile is China?" featuring Paul Schroeder, visiting assistant professor of political science, will begin at 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 26, at the Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations. Free, open to the public. The series is sponsored by the Asian Studies Program, with funding from the Mitzie Levine Verne and Daniel Verne Endowment for Asian Studies.

The next Friday Public Affairs Discussion Group will focus on the topic of "'Conflict Minerals' in the Democratic Republic of the Congo." The panelists will include members of the Student Anti-Genocide Coalition (STAND) and faculty commentators. The discussion will begin at 12:30 p.m., Jan. 21, at the Inamori Center.

The Master of Science in Management program will host its "Operations Research and Supply Chain Open House" from noon to 4 p.m., Friday, Jan. 22, at the Peter B. Lewis Building.

The views and opinions of those invited to speak on campus do not necessarily reflect the views of the university administration or any other segment of the university community.

Et al.


Michele Krantz, senior counsel in the Office of General Counsel, has been appointed to serve as a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III Infractions Appeals Committee.

Clarification to an item that ran last week: Prof. Leona Cuttler, with Profs. Andrew Gallan, Ann Nevar, J.B. Silvers and Mendel Singer, received the 2009 Health Policy Research Award for Independent Scholarship for a report they co-wrote entitled "Obesity in Children and Families Across Ohio." The award recognizes research that is relevant to health policy in Ohio that is carried out by Ohio-based researchers. It is sponsored by the Health Policy Institute of Ohio. The project was the result of a grant to the Center for Child Health and Policy at Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital. The results were recently incorporated into proposed legislation, Healthy Choices for Healthy Children, introduced in Ohio last November.

January 21, 2010

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Case in the News

Redefining our lawns to save time and trouble

Philadelphia Inquirer, Jan. 21, 2010
The buzz might never rival a gasoline-powered mower, but there's growing noise out there about reenvisioning a cherished American tradition: the turfgrass lawn. How people get there can vary, says Ted Steinberg, Adeline Barry Davee Distinguished Professor of History and professor of law at Case Western Reserve University.

Try a little kindness

Emporia Gazette, Jan. 20, 2010
Hurt people hurt people. Say it once, using "hurt" as an adjective, then repeat, using "hurt" as an verb. Then remember that hurt people often hurt themselves, too. That lesson was part of an Emporians for Drug Awareness presentation Wednesday by well-known Power of One speaker Stephen Sroka, a health education consultant and adjunct assistant professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

Dishonorable discharge

Cleveland Scene, Jan. 19, 2010
FirstEnergy's Lake Shore power plant operates only when demand for electricity peaks, like during a heat wave. But while its output may be sporadic, the waste it discharges into Lake Erie–particularly mercury–is an ever-present danger, say environmental activists. Environmentalists have also rallied against the Lake Shore plant because of concerns for poorer residents in the surrounding neighborhood. The plant is located near the Superior-St. Clair and Glenville neighborhoods, enclaves of residents with poverty rates hovering around 40 percent, according to Case Western Reserve University's NEO CANDO database.

Gedächtnis außerhalb des Körpers (Memory outside of the body)

Der Spiegel, Jan. 4, 2010
The work of Ben W. Strowbridge, associate professor of neuroscience and physiology/biophysics, and Phillip Larimer, a graduate student at Case Western Reserve University, and his research team is featured in Der Spiegel, a prominent German-language magazine.

Health care plan legal? AG, some scholars disagree

Houston Chronicle , Jan. 17, 2010
Jonathan Adler, professor of law at Case Western Reserve University, agrees that the Raich decision protects Congress' power to create an insurance mandate. The problem with such a broad view of federal power, he wrote in the Volokh Conspiracy legal blog, is where to draw the line.

Higher Ed News

Freshmen abandon business

Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 21, 2010
The percentage of college freshmen planning to major in business is at its lowest level since the mid-1970s, according to a national survey of students who entered baccalaureate institutions in the fall. Thursday, the Higher Education Research Institute at the University of California at Los Angeles released the 2009 version of its "Freshman Survey," which it has conducted annually since 1966.